What's on in the North East

Peter Lathan

Mel Brooks’s Young Frankenstein continues at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle until 9 September.

On Friday, Newcastle’s Alphabetti Theatre opens the doors of its new St James’ Boulevard premises with a party. It’s free—you’re simply asked to buy a lot of drinks. Saturday is the first Alphabetti Soup in the new venue with comedy from Lauren Pattison, music from singer-songwriter Natasha Haws and from Diji Solanke, poetry from Zoe Murtagh and a new play, The Streets, written by Donald Falconer and directed by Jonny Bussell.

Doddington the Cow and Arbuthnot (from Jack and the Beanstalk) return to the Customs House in South Shields in And the Cow Jumped into the Woods! (for the under-7s)  from Wednesday to Saturday at 11:00 and 2:00.

Nonsense Room Productions presents Hairy Maclary and Friends at Alnwick Playhouse on Friday at 1:30 and 3:30.

At the Phoenix Theatre in Blyth on Sunday, Grist to the Mill Productions presents The Unknown Soldier, a sell-out show at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe.

From Tuesday to Thursday (various times), The Tiger Who Came to Tea is at the Playhouse Whitley Bay.

On Friday and Saturday, J M Barrie’s The Twelve Pound Look comes to Durham’s Gala Theatre.

On Saturday and Sunday (various times), Dinosaur World, an interactive new show for age 3+, is at Billingham Forum.

The Russian State Opera brings Madame Butterfly (on Wednesday) and Tosca (on Thursday) to the Royal Hall in Harrogate.